Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Restoring Windows 7 from Windows 8 Developer Preview

25 Jan 2012   #31
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You would normally give the recov partition a drive letter - then set it as the Active partition - do you get those options if you rt click it in disk mgmt?


Otherwise, Which of those is the bootable.wim?

Any chance of some sort of screenshot - we need to see the contents of the recov partition as well as ?

Try a 3rd party explorer for a screenshot - explorer++ perhaps

Explorer++ - A small and fast file manager for Windows


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
25 Jan 2012   #32
gregrocker

 

He gave you those steps 4 days ago. Easy will pick up the correct file.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It depends how Dell have set it up.

If you can find a file on the recovery partition called boot.wim or winre.wim , or restore.wim or similar ( it won't be very big - 165-200mb - [there will probably another .wim file called factory.wim or install.wim- much larger] )

It is the smaller one you want to add to your boot menu.

The easiest way to do that is with the free version of easybcd.

EasyBCD Download Registration Page — NeoSmart Technologies

Attachment 194146


Select ADD ENTRY

Attachment 194141

Select the WINPE Tab and click the little browse icon

Attachment 194142

Browse to the bootable.wim file , click Open

Attachment 194143


Then click ADD

Attachment 194144

Restart your pc and select the boot menu entry called NST WINPE IMAGE
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2012   #33
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Oh , there you go - thought I had seen it somewhere.

Perhaps I am not going mad after all.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yes, I suggested it two days ago. I learned it from you Si years ago.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It likely is only a hidden file, not a System file. Did you uncheck Hidden files?

You can try to restore Recovery to the F8 menu: Dell Recovery Partition - restoring F8 link

You can also try marking the Recovery partition Active to see if it will boot itself: Partition - Mark as Active

Otherwise you can order Factory Recovery disks from Dell, or use a Win7 retail installer to get a superior Clean Reinstall with the Product Key on COA sticker if you will answer my questions asked.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

25 Jan 2012   #34
jmanwithplan

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

OK, on disk management inside of windows, I set the recovery partition as active. C: is the one that usually boots to, but the one that is only 39 MB is the OEM partition.

Here is a screenshot of ++explorer, showing that the recovery folder is empty, and the second screenshot is in partition wizard where it shows the files, basically there are a few different .wim files.


Attached Thumbnails
-explorerscreenshot.jpg   -partitionwizard.jpg  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2012   #35
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Try retarting your pc.

Hopefully the DEll winre.wim will load up and you will get to see the Dell restore program.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2012   #36
jmanwithplan

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

No, sorry, I just booted into windows. I tried pressing F8, but I just got the same screen that basically says restore from a backup
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2012   #37
jmanwithplan

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I will try easyBCD again, but which file is the correct .wim file to choose?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2012   #38
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Try this one:

Name:  winre.jpg
Views: 12
Size:  39.4 KB

That is the one on the windowsre folder


My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2012   #39
jmanwithplan

Window 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

proceeding. It didn't show up when I tried to add it, so I typed in the address manually and it let me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Jan 2012   #40
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes, that should work.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Restoring Windows 7 from Windows 8 Developer Preview




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Cannot the windows preview if I don't click on the preview thumbnail
Hello, I have trouble with a particular position with the display windows, When I'm putting the mouse over the thumbnail window I see it correctly but the original windows is "transparent" I don't see the information to say that I do not see its contents as I have not clicked on the thumbnail,...
General Discussion
Windows 8 developer, is there a cost?
If you download and install Win 8 developer is it free for ever or will you have to pay for it in the future? Thanks
Chillout Room
How do I go back to Win7 from Win8 (Developer Preview)?
I seem to have lost my bookmarks in Mozilla :(
Installation & Setup
IE 9 developer preview: 700,000 downloads so far
Source - IE 9 developer preview: 700,000 downloads so far; next update 'on track' | All about Microsoft | ZDNet.com
Browsers & Mail
Internet Explorer 9 developer preview
Internet Explorer 9, developer preview -- speed, graphics and HTML5 demos within "The IE9 platform preview has just been released. If you've downloaded it, you can now run a bunch of tests on the 'Test Drive' site to see just how fast and neat the new browser is. Incidentally, IE9 doesn't seem...
News
A Developer's First Look at Windows 7
This series introduces Windows 7 with an emphasis on those new features that will be of most interest and use to developers. It consists of: two introductory sessions, one focusing on the new user interface, and one on behind-the-scenes features, two hour-long sessions that cover compatibility and...
News


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:13.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App